This research analyzes political leaders' response to the ideological challenge presented by ISIS and Al Qaeda. It focuses on the counterterrorism speeches given by political leaders in a number of Middle Eastern countries and the United States. The analysis of the speeches is along two dimensions: the nature of their domestic and international audiences, and the motivations behind the speeches. A sample of several dozens of speeches is analyzed. The empirical study had proved that leaders mostly exhibit differences depending on their audiences to reach a certain political goal. While leaders tend to call for unification among countries in their international speeches, they promote and advocate for their political interests domestically.
Tezcur, Gunes Murat
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Eid, Ranya, "Middle Eastern and Western Leaders Speeches on Counterterrorism" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 701.